Instructors & Staff

BATTI Instructors and Administrators

Executive Administration

Bob Houghteling, Executive Director –
M.A. Educational Leadership

Bob Houghteling is the founding director of BATTI. He attended excellent public schools in Pittsburgh, PA and Newton, MA and received his BA in Social Relations from Harvard University. Joining the family business of teaching, Bob gained his single and multiple subject credentials at UC Berkeley and his MA in Educational Leadership at CSU East Bay.

Bob taught every grade from 4th to 12th and was the founding head of the St. Paul’s Episcopal School middle school. In his 28 year teaching career, his favorite grade was 4th, including the unusual experience of teaching his two sons at the Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito. He also taught at the Urban School of San Francisco, and two public schools in Martinez, CA and Brookline, MA, and served as instructor in the joint internship program of West Contra Costa Unified School District and Cal State East Bay.

Aided and abetted by Terry Edeli and other Bay Area independent school heads, he founded BATTI in 2002 with a pioneer group of 18 aspiring teachers. He lives in Oakland with his wife Elizabeth Fishel, a writer and teacher.

Dee Desmond, Program Director, BATTI Educational Leadership Program –
M.A. Stanford University, Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education

Dee Desmond joins BATTI as program director for the Educational Leadership Program after many years of service in public education as an assistant superintendent, school principal, department head, classroom teacher, and coach. Dee grew up in Miami, Florida; her graduate work includes Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education, Social Sciences, Policy and Educational Leadership. Dee’s experience in educational leadership includes having led various departments (School Reform, Leadership Development, Curriculum & Instruction) and supervising and supporting schools. She has a deep interest in teaching, learning, and leadership, and has worked with students and educators at all levels… early education, elementary, middle, K-8 and high school. Dee has served on several boards, including the BATTI Board for 9 years. She lives in San Francisco with her husband. Dee’s two sons attended the San Francisco School and Lick-Wilmerding High School.

Soheyl Dahi, Dean of Students
M.A. Business and Management

Soheyl has worked in the field of education for over two decades. He has been an adjunct instructor in the department of Elementary Education at San Francisco State University for over 10 years. He began his work with BATTI in 2007 as a field supervisor and then instructor. In 2014 he was appointed as Dean of Students. Soheyl is firmly committed to building a community of teachers that will serve in independent and public schools in the Bay Area and beyond. 

Raleigh Zwerin, Assistant Director –
M.A. Educational Technology
Raleigh Zwerin has worked in the educational field for more than 20 years. Her experience includes lead teacher roles in K-5th classrooms at Town School for Boys, Bayview Terrace Elementary School, and the Turtle Rock Institute. She earned her teaching credential and Masters of Educational Technology from Dominican University and University of San Francisco, respectively. Her post-graduate training includes numerous workshops, including the reading and writing institutes at Columbia University. For the past seven years, Raleigh has worked at BATTI as a Supervisor, Clear Credential Mentor and University Instructor. This year, she has a new role as the Assistant Director of BATTI.


Students of the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute benefit from the diversity and wealth of experience of its instructors. With teaching and administrative experience in both independent and public schools as well as related child-centered professional endeavors, our instructors – in conjunction with the Executive Director and University of the Pacific – have developed a curriculum that is as dynamic as the students they teach.

Chris Corrigan, Technology Enhanced Classroom
M.A. Educational Technology
Technology Instructor and Service Learning Coordinator, San Francisco Day School

Soheyl Dahi, Research in Action; Transformative Education

Crystal Eastman, Technology Enhanced Classroom
MFA, 3-D Animation and Visual Effects
Adjunct Faculty, Benerd School of Education; Animation and Technology Educator, Claremont Middle School

Hallie Foster, STEM/MATH

Judith Gilson, Curriculum and Instruction in Science and Math 
Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction
Supervisor and Instructor, University of the Pacific, University of San Francisco; Former teacher, Katherine Delmar Burke School, SF Day School

Jeremy Hilinski, Law and Finance, Educational Leadership Program
Ed.D. from UC Berkeley’s Leadership for Educational Equity Program
SFUSD Principal for 7 years; AP in Ravenswood/East Palo Alto; literacy coach, middle, and elementary school teacher in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Pittsburg

Megan Jensen, Science
M.S. Teacher Education in Curriculum Design
Adjunct Instructor, Alliant International University (San Francisco); Instructional Coach, Lighthouse Community Charter School; Lab Program Coordinator, California State University East Bay, Institute of STEM Education

Ritu Khanna,  Research for Educational Leaders (Educational Leadership M.A.)
Ph.D. Education, M.S. Educational Psychology, M.A. Industrial Psychology
Faculty, St. Mary’s College Educational Leadership Program; Assistant Superintendent, Research, Planning and Accountability, San Francisco Unified School District

Colleen Sweeney, Teaching Special Learners
M.A. English with an emphasis on teaching English as a second language
Educational Specialist, Berkeley Unified School District

Katrina Tilds, Social Studies and Reading; 1st Year Student Teaching Seminar
M.A. Language and Literacy
6th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies Core Teacher, Lawton Alternative School

Lynna Tsou, Teaching English Language Learners; Transformative Education
Ph.D. Education-Psychology
Adjunct Lecturer, Saint Mary’s College of California; Educational Consultant, Yu Ming Charter School

Linda Webster, Nature and Conditions of Learning (Educational Leadership M.A.)
Ph.D. Human Development – Psychology
Professor, Department Chair Educational and School Psychology
University of the Pacific

Sarah Wheeler, Teaching English Learners, Special Needs
M.A., Education
School Psychologist, Piedmont Unified School District

Ana Zamost, Development of Literacy


Gabriella Condie, Administrative Assistant –

KC Forcier, Administrative Assistant –

Diana RuizAdministrative Assistant –